Where Kids love to Celebrate their Birthday – Party Planning for Parents in Lansing

I’ve been party planning and event planning for years and it’s SO MUCH FUN for me. Your local party organizing nerd – that’s me!

Birthdays, fundraisers, you name it – I love it. But, this year my son’s birthday party plans ended up a complete disaster – so I thought.

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It was the end of June and the sun had been shining non-stop for about 30 days straight. We planned to party till the sun went down at Hawk Island. The plan was to swim the day away then rinse off at the splash pad and finish up with a Minions Piñata. EPIC right?!

Wrong. It thunder stormed ALL.DAY.LONG.

So, we improvised and headed to Zap Zone in Waverly. Turns out it ended up being a birthday party for the books and not just for the kids.

Impression 5, Zap Zone, Nature Centers, and other Fun Birthday Party Planning Options

Our change of party planning this year for my son landed us at Zap Zone. We purposed to jump for their half-hour time limit and try out the new Ninja Warrior wall. My brother had a few passes to the laser tag course, and the kids talked us into doing a few arcade games. When we left it was 10 pm!

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My husband joked that it was like Vegas – no clocks, no daylight, and arcade games instead of slots that keep spitting out tokens instead of coins. We adults shamelessly enjoyed ourselves just as much as the kids.

What Makes the Best Party Planning Pick?

I tell you this story because my new party planning goals for my kid’s birthday parties are now going to be aimed at picking places where we ALL can have a blast – young and old.

Because, what young kids love even more than having a fun party, is having a fun party with us. Bonus – it keeps us young. #bondinggoals

Here’s my list of party places around Lansing for all ages.

Let’s get to partying shall we!?

Art and Adventure Party Planning Places

Prices and times often change – call for $ details. 

01) Annie Kathryn Hair + Bridal Studio

Have your child’s birthday party in a fun and beautiful Salon in REO Town. Messge or Call (517) – 490-6632 for details and to set up.

02) Birchfield Park

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What’s the best thing to do during winter birthday parties? Go sledding! Birchfield has such a great set up and it’s just $2 for a tube! If you’re looking for a fun winter party this is a go-to option!

03) Fenner Nature Center

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A fun and educational party in one.

04) Harris Nature Center

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2 hour themed parties with a guided nature walk.

05) Hawk Island

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Party all year long at their Snow park or Water Park.

06) Impression 5

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Play in the museum, make slime and celebrate in a private room.

07) Michigan Historic Museum

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Who knew history could be so fun! Party downtown in this beautiful and fun History center.

08) MSU Museum

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Their staff takes great care to give kids a fun and interactive experience.

09) Preuss Pets

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Have a unique and amazing party with their basic and themed options.

10) Reach Art Studio

Get creative with this fun, artistic, and unique way to celebrate.

11) Sundance Riding Stables

Who can resist a pony party!?

12) Uncle John’s Cider Mill

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Treats and fun galore!

13) Woldumar Nature Center

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A theme-based program with one of their naturalists included.

Playing Party Planning Places

Prices and times often change – call for $ details. 

14) Al!ve Charlotte

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Two hours of your choice of activities like rock climbing, treehouse, basketball, and more!

15) Bull’s Eye Axe Throwing

Temporarily closed while they move to a new location. Check their site for updates.

This is a great teen or older kid party option.

16) Chuck E Cheese

A birthday classic.

17) DEFY

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Jump the day away with this party to remember.

18) Edru Skate

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My nephew had his birthday party here this year and it was SO FUN. It was a blast from the past for me. We had lots of laughs and fun, and a little bit of wobbling. #chickendance

19) Extreme Fun

This enclosed area of fun makes parties fun for all because the kids have a blast and the parents are as stress-free as possible. Leaving us more time to chat and watch our kids having a great time together.

20) Fun Tyme

All-ages fun here! They offer different packages and options.

21) Jumpin’ Jax

The largest inflatables play area in town.

22) Lansing Lugnuts

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Celebrate your birthday with Big Lug!

23) Launch

Jump and play

24) Potter Park Zoo

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Dinosaur and Savannah Themed Party Packages. An epic day awaits!

25) play. East Lansing

Have the cutest little party at the cutest little place! Experience themes like princess tea parties, super hero, mad hatter and more!

26) Zap Zone

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Endless hours of fun – Jumping, Playing Glow Golf, Arcade, Laser Tag and more!

Sports Party Planning Places

Prices and times often change – call for $ details. 

27) East Lansing Aquatic Center

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Give the kids an amazing day and have an area designated for your groups celebrating needs.

28) Goldfish Swim School

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As a kid, I always thought a swimming party would be the best but my birthday is in the winter. I wish they would have been around when I was a kid.

29) MAC

Pools, fun, and party options galore! Check out their overnight fun.

30) Red Cedar Gymnastics

You’ll rotate through different stations, flipping into the foam pit, jumping on trampolines, and more.

31) Suburban Ice

No matter the time of year, this is always a blast!

32) Twistars

Regular and Ninja Zone party options mean you’ll have something fun for any kid!

33) Water Parks and Water Play

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For endless hours of FREE fun!

34) YMCA

Let the YMCA take the stress away with their party planning.

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Where do you Party? Do you have a Place We should Add to Our List?

We are better together! What should we add to our list that you’ve been to and found amazing?

Have a blast at your next party, Lansing.